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Something for everyone with ‘summer of fun’ across Mid & East Antrim


The team at Mid and East Antrim Borough Council have been working hard at pulling together a fabulous programme of free events across the Borough this summer, including Summer of Play, Love Parks Week, and Biodiversity University.

Check out the range of events below - making memories this summer doesn’t have to cost a fortune!



At all events attendees will be expected to adhere to current Public Health Agency guidance and Government Guidelines, and to wear suitable clothing and footwear according to the weather.



WILD ABOUT FOOD: DELICIOUS DRINKS

Monday 19 July | 12:00 - 13:30

Ecos Nature Park, Ballymena


Organised by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, forage for edible flowers such as elderflower and lime and see what refreshing tea and cordial you can make!


Walk led by expert Dermot Hughes of Forage Ireland.


Meeting at the Ecos Drawbridge at the main car park. Booking is essential. Please complete the booking form link to apply for your space.


BOOK: bit.ly/2SB9FCu

FB EVENT PAGE: fb.me/e/1AH5rao4z



ORIENTEERING CHALLENGE

Tuesday 20 July | 10:00am - 12:00pm

Bashfordsland Wood, Carrickfergus


Get active and improve your navigational skills while enjoying the challenge of orienteering in the lush surroundings of Bashfordsland Wood, hosted by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.


Meeting at Oakfield Community Centre from 10am. Booking essential.


E: outdoor.recreation@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

EVENT PAGE: fb.me/e/1Btso2Hfy



PAWSITIVE WALKS AND TALKS

Tuesday 20 July 10:00am - 11:00am

Larne Promenade


A relaxed dog walking group to encourage great mental health for participants and their pups.


Booking essential. To book your place:


E: nirwin@liveactiveni.co.uk

FB EVENT PAGE: fb.me/e/1phQF6Tv2



QUIET HOUR AT PEOPLE’S PARK

People’s Park Play Area, Ballymena

Tuesday 20 July | 9:30am - 10:30am


A hushed one-hour quiet session within this multi-sensory and all ability play park, for those who find too much noise overwhelming.


There will be no machinery operating in the park during this time and visitors will be encouraged to keep the noise down.


EVENT PAGE: fb.me/e/2hHknQWJq



MUMS’ KEEP FIT CLASS

People’s Park, Ballymena

Wednesday 21 July | 10:00am - 11:00am


A tailored fun fitness class for mums of all fitness levels.


Booking essential. To book please email:


E: nirwin@liveactiveni.co.uk

FB EVENT PAGE: fb.me/e/2o2E4QR7X


SUMMERTIME… STORYTIME

Wednesday 21 July | 10:00am - 12:00pm

Shaftesbury Park, Carrickfergus


Join Samantha Porciello from ‘A Place To Wonder’ as she takes you on an adventure of creative storytelling, imaginative play and a series of relaxation activities.


• Two 45mins sessions. Booking essential.


Please complete the booking form link to secure your space.


BOOK: bit.ly/3xZhbpR

FB EVENT PAGE: fb.me/e/Z3ZYk7yK



WE’RE GOING ON A BUG HUNT!

Wednesday 21 July 10:30am - 12:00pm

Diamond Jubilee Wood, Whitehead


Spend a morning bug hunting and see what magnificent mini-beasts can you find!


Meeting at Bentra Golf Clubhouse. Booking essential.


BOOKING FORM: bit.ly/3h39ycn

FB EVENT PAGE: fb.me/e/1vQHZq0m7



BETTER CONNECTED: OVER 50’s FITNESS

Wednesday 21 July | 11:30am - 12:30pm

People’s Park, Ballymena


A relaxed and welcoming group session for promoting activity and fostering friendships for those 50+.


Booking essential. To book please email.

E: nirwin@liveactiveni.co.uk

FB EVENT PAGE: fb.me/e/dpju6QY7q



INCLUSIVE BIKE HIRE

Wednesday 21 July | 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Shaftesbury Park, Carrickfergus


Booking for a range of inclusive bikes designed to support those with a range of mobility and sensory needs.


Booking essential via the link below.

BOOK: www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/inclusive-bikes


YOGA AND MEDITATION

Wednesday 21 July | 5:30pm - 6:30pm

Curran Park, Larne


An introduction to yoga and meditation surrounded by greenery.


Take this opportunity to learn about the benefits of this practice for health and wellbeing.


Booking essential. Please complete the booking form link to secure your space:


BOOK: bit.ly/3xaQuhO

FB EVENT PAGE: fb.me/e/RRjmy7Sj


ORIENTEERING CHALLENGE

Thursday 22 July | 10:00am - 12:00pm

People’s Park, Ballymena

Get active and improve your navigational skills.


Enjoy the challenge of orienteering in the beautiful surroundings of Peoples Park.


Booking essential via emailing address below.


BOOK: outdoor.recreation@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

FB EVENT PAGE: fb.me/e/1DG8ByQLF


SEASHELL STORIES

Thursday 22 July | 11:00am - 12:00pm

Browns Bay, Islandmagee


A Seaside Conservation Adventure.


Enjoy interactive storytelling and environmental activities on this beautiful beach and you may even meet a mermaid!


Booking essential. Please complete the booking form link below to secure your space.


BOOK: bit.ly/2SCAiah

FB EVENT PAGE: facebook.com/events/s/love-parks-week-seashell-stori/535981950773116/


BIG FAMILY GAMES NIGHT

Thursday 22 July | 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Town Park, Larne


Bring the whole family along for an evening of fun and games including rounders, ultimate Frisbee, capture the flag and much more.


Booking essential via the booking form link to secure your space.

BOOK: bit.ly/364rzAS

EVENTS PAGE: fb.me/e/11CIxqsNw



BAT NIGHT

Friday 23 July | 8:00pm - 10:00pm

Galgorm Wood, Ballymena


Go batty for bats!


Take a walk at dusk looking for these fascinating nocturnal mammals using torches and bat detectors.


Please bring your own torch if you have one.


Meeting at Old Mill Park Cullybackey.


Booking essential via the booking form link to secure your space.

BOOK: bit.ly/3Abtr8B

FB EVENT PAGE: fb.me/e/11sZteZXO



CONNECTED WALK: HISTORY AND HERITAGE

Saturday 24 July | 10:00am - 12:00pm

Carrickfergus

This walk is part of the ‘Connected Walks Programme’ which started last December.


These are particularly challenging and sometimes isolating times, but getting some gentle exercise, outdoors, in the fresh air and interacting with other people can be beneficial for both mental and physical health.


A series of 90 minute guided walks, followed by a cool drink and some chat, will continue to run in Carrickfergus this Summer.


Walking routes will include Carrickfergus Mill Ponds, Shaftesbury Park, Marine Gardens and Carrickfergus Highway to Health.


BOOK: bit.ly/3jCxDbE

FB PAGE: fb.me/e/QLjcBHBH


PADDLE BOARDING

Saturday 24 July | 11:00am

Carrickfergus Marina


Take the splash and try out paddle boarding at Carrickfergus Marina🛶


3 sessions - 11am, 1pm and 3pm.


Booking essential via the booking form link to secure your space.


BOOK: bit.ly/3w44j0d

FB EVENT PAGE: fb.me/e/1j80TnKAg


SUMMER BAND CONCERT

Sunday 25 July | 2:15pm - 4:30pm

Carnfunnock Country Park

Enjoy a free band concert within the Walled Garden Amphitheatre.


• Dummigans Accordion (2:15pm - 3:15pm)


• CWA Brass Band (3:30pm – 4:30pm)


ALL ABILITY AT THE ALLOTMENTS

Wednesday 28 July | 10:00am - 12:00pm

Eden Allotments & Community Centre, Carrickfergus


We’re shouting about the importance of play all summer long through our #MEAdventures programme with activities every Wednesday.


Enjoy a guided sensory walk through the allotment gardens and meet some friendly farm animals.🌳🌱


Booking essential.


Please complete the booking form link to secure your space!


BOOK: bit.ly/3xYJgNY

EVENT PAGE: https://facebook.com/events/s/meadventures-all-ability-at-th/215911203721231


NATURAL PLAY DAY

Wednesday 4 August | 10:00am - 12:00pm

People’s Park, Ballymena


Join Northern Ireland Forest School Association for a morning of natural play - connect to nature and let your imagination run wild.


Meeting at The Pavillion.


• Two 45min sessions


Booking essential via the booking form link to secure your space.

BOOK: bit.ly/3h1ptrt

FB EVENT PAGE: facebook.com/events/s/meadventures-natural-play-day/1426901044346634/



FUN FAMILY GAMES

Wednesday 11 August | 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Shaftesbury Park, Carrickfergus


Bring the whole family along for an afternoon of fun games including rounders, capture the flag, ultimate frisbee and more.


Booking essential via the booking form link to secure your space.

BOOK: bit.ly/3w5ices

FB EVENT PAGE: facebook.com/events/s/meadventures-fun-family-games/986392585497022



MAGIC SHOW

Wednesday 18 August | 10:00am - 12:00pm

Town Park, Larne


Be entertained by Mr Magic and his friend Oscar the Magic Monkey. Sure to be a morning of mischief, magic and laughter!✨


Meeting at The Bandstand.


• Two 40min shows available.


Booking essential via the booking form link to secure your space.

BOOK: bit.ly/3qAfgph

FB EVENT PAGE: https://fb.me/e/2wKlzJdS7



SCAVENGER HUNT

Wednesday 25 August | 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Ecos Nature Park, Ballymena


Scavenge for clues around Ecos Nature Park. Can you solve all the puzzles and reach the end?


Starting at the Ecos Drawbridge in the main car park.


Booking essential via the booking form link to secure your space.

BOOK: bit.ly/3yiD57R

FB EVENT PAGE: fb.me/e/NGZa21ZG



BIODIVERSITY UNIVERSITY


Another fantastic initiative from

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council - week long event Biodiversity University running in Ballymena, Whitehead, and Larne!


Learn all about the Natural World through fun family activities! Can you graduate from the Biodiversity University?


Locations and booking links below.


BALLYMENA | ECOS Nature Park

Monday 9 to Friday 13 August

BOOK: bit.ly/3qSQ8u1


WHITEHEAD | Diamond Jubilee Wood

Monday 2 to Friday 6 August

BOOK: bit.ly/2Uzq8Yn

LARNE | Carnfunnock Country Park

Monday 16 to Friday 20 August

BOOK: bit.ly/3wsPXGS


You can also find information at the link below:


www.midandeastantrim.gov.uk/loveparks

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